Irish restaurateur wins oyster competition – Fishupdate.com

Irish restaurateur wins oyster competition Published:  04 October, 2006

IRELAND has wone the 2006 World Oyster Opening Championship title.

The 2006 World Oyster Opening Championship was won by Ireland on Saturday, when restaurateur Michael Moran beat off 17 other countries to take the title home, Reuters reported.

After opening 30 oysters in two minutes 35 seconds, Mr Moran, 23, beat Sweden’s Hasse Johannesson and Britain’s Frederick Lindford.

He commented: “It’s just great to bring it home for Ireland.” However, he still has some way to go before breaking his father’s record of one minute 31 seconds, which was set twice in the 1970’s, according to Reuters.

It was the first win for Ireland in 10 years, but the country’s 15th overall in the four-decade history of the competition, which has long been a major feature of the Galway Oyster Festival, now in its 52nd year.

“We reckon there are around 12,000 people here this year and they’ll scoff somewhere in the region of 100,000 oysters in the four days of the festival,” said organiser John Rabbitt.

The festival draws visitors from around the world, as much for the Irish “craic” – dancing and drinking – as for the oysters, which mollusc aficionados say derive a distinctive sweetness from Ireland’s Atlantic waters.

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